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What am I?

by Bsmith
posted 02-16-2011 04:06 PM


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dbray45

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 04:08 PM

looks like a home made screwdriver

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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Bertha

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 04:09 PM

Looks like an old straight slot to me.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ksSlim

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 04:19 PM

Straight screwdriver

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Dave

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 04:26 PM

Homemade dovetail chisel.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Kjuly

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 04:43 PM

It looks like a coffin makers screwdriver or a cabinetmakers screwdriver. Both are similar in size and function.
Short, for getting into tight spaces.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 05:08 PM

Where are you? It looks like an oyster knife to me.

Check out these images.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 05:16 PM

I think Keith nailed it.
The picture doesn’t make me hungry, like Charlie’s did. :-)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 05:35 PM

I would have to agree with the confined space slotted screwdriver.

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 06:14 PM

Many moons ago, in a wood shop far far away, in a land that tool improvements had forgotten… before the torx, the phillips, and the square drive screws, there was the simple slot head screw. It was a time of great frustration and loud cursing in the workshop; it was the time of the stripped screw head. This mystery tool is an ancient example of the tool that tried to drive those old screws.

Some people still try and use these screws, some people refuse to accept that they are obsolete, surpassed passed the technological improvements of superior drive heads. If you look for the screws in stores you can still find these relics of the past. They are in the obsolete department, right next to all the tablesaws without flesh sensing technology.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 06:19 PM

I just checked your profile. If you lived in a coastal city, I would stick with my oyster knife guess. But seeing as you’re in Kansas, I guess the screwdriver explanation makes more sense. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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hairy

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 06:22 PM

Leatherworking tool?

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 07:10 PM

Looks like a piano tuners screwdriver.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Pop

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#13 posted 02-16-2011 07:27 PM

Keith got it. I’ve always called it a cabinet screwdriver. Now, Keith where did the term casket screwdriver come from? In all my years of woodworking I never heard that term. That’s not to say it’s wrong, I would just like to know were you heard it.

Jack-T, Straight drive screws and bolts are not obsolete, PHILLIPS are obsolete. I’ve had very few straight drive screws or bolts cam out on me, but I’ve had thousands of Phillips cam out. I now try to use only square drive. I tried torx but the cost was too high for the advantage.

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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dbray45

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#14 posted 02-16-2011 07:32 PM

Pop, the SPAX screws with a Bosch or square bit have been working really nice for me of late – no cam out and easy to put in by hand.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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Kjuly

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#15 posted 02-16-2011 09:13 PM

Pop,
I was researching the term “Bench Dog” and ran across a site that had several pictures of the coffin/casket makers screwdrivers. I did a quick search and could not find the site. (Maybe I dreamed it)
I’ll track in down when I have a few minutes and let you know.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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rance

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#16 posted 02-16-2011 09:19 PM

Looks like a fine piece of leaveright!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Pop

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#17 posted 02-16-2011 09:36 PM

Thanks Keith. No big rush, I’m just curious.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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Bsmith

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#18 posted 02-16-2011 09:58 PM

Thanks guys. I would have never thought screw driver. Charlie, we do have clams in Kansas but I don’t think I would eat any of them. For that matter I wouldn’t eat one if I was on the coast either. I’m going to sharping it and use it for a marking knife. Jack T is the winner! Not because he was first, but his story was the best. Who ever heard of a screw with just one slot! How silly. ;-)

-- Bryan

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wb8nbs

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#19 posted 02-16-2011 10:04 PM

Looks like the screwdriver that came with a Stanley 45 combination plane. if it is, it’s collectable.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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dbray45

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#20 posted 02-16-2011 10:14 PM

wb8nbs – (not fair using your call sign, northern ohio maybe?) You know, it does look familiar and easily could be. Erector sets had a screwdriver that were simular to this if I remember correctly.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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Pop

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#21 posted 02-16-2011 10:36 PM

No dbray45. I still have my screwdriver from my 1947 Christmas present. It was a giant Erector set. The screwdriver has a wood handle but it’s scaled down for small hands & about 4 inches long. It’s similar but “no cigar”.

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#22 posted 02-17-2011 01:34 AM

Looks like a gunsmith’s turnscrew; ie, screwdriver.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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docholladay

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#23 posted 02-17-2011 01:49 AM

That is what they call a turnscrew which is a form of a screwdriver. One place they are used in gunsmithing. Sometimes, they are also referred to as cabinet makers screwdrivers because they work so well for slotted screwdrivers.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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poopiekat

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#24 posted 02-17-2011 01:50 AM

here’s one on eBay right now… kinda confirms what the others have said, but who would have ever used this specific type? http://cgi.ebay.ca/Old-P-F-Berninghaus-Sons-Turnscrew-Screwdriver-/310296359578?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item483f1ab29a

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#25 posted 02-17-2011 02:05 AM

Since I was first to use the term ” turnscrew”, what do I win? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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oluf

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#26 posted 02-17-2011 05:52 AM

Mine is in the box with my fathers Stanley 45 that was handed down toe in 1957. I don’t think that it came with the Stanley 45, but that is where my father always kept it. My 45 was not a collectors item. It was a used tool. Not all the cutters are still with it.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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wb8nbs

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#27 posted 02-18-2011 06:20 AM

similar item

http://cgi.ebay.com/STANLEY-No-45-type-screwdriver-turnscrew-3-ship-/110648520977?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c32a7111

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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whit

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#28 posted 02-18-2011 06:41 AM

Pop,

Straight-drive screws will never go out of style. After all, you have to have something to start the driver off on a straight path so it can skitter across your freshly finished project with SOME directional stability. ;)

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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surfin2

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#29 posted 02-18-2011 07:10 AM

screwdriver…

-- Rick

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Don

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#30 posted 02-18-2011 08:13 AM

Paint can opener.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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RGtools

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#31 posted 03-01-2011 06:24 AM

Future marking knife, if you bevel it just right.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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poopiekat

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#32 posted 03-02-2011 01:45 AM

uhhh… The Jury’s in, I think…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Mura

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#33 posted 03-03-2011 12:43 AM

Looks like a screwdriver to me

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lewis62

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#34 posted 03-19-2011 02:27 PM

It is a screw driver, looks almost like the one that is with my stanely #45 for setting up its various cutters and guides. could be just a screw driver well worn. Would be nice to find the plane it goes to

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kwhit190211

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#35 posted 03-19-2011 03:29 PM

Screwdriver

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poopiekat

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#36 posted 03-19-2011 03:36 PM

BSmith: Hey, you found a really great way to ”Out” the people who don’t bother to read other peoples’ responses before posting their own. Way Kool!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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